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Stock Option boundary conditions Agenda: I. Option boundary conditions: ~ Option boundary conditions based on arbitrage force ~ American call options without dividend ~ American put options without dividend II. Effects of dividends, market frictions, and exercise price

K=50. p ≤ Ke-rT Arbitrage: Sell put and lend Ke-rT at the risk-free rate. and traded at the same time Notation: S0. P. short a stock Example: S0=51. C. c. • Lower bound for European calls without dividends: c ≥ S0 – Ke-rT c ≥ max(S0 – Ke-rT. T. T=0. Assumptions: Market is frictionless Borrow or lend at risk free rate Tax rate are fixed Call and put options have the same K and T. ~ Upper bounds for put options: p ≤ P ≤K Intuition: a put maximum value at maturity is K. ST. K. p • Upper bounds for option premiums: ~ Upper bounds for call options: c ≤ C ≤S0 Intuition: Stock is like an option with infinite time to maturity. Arbitrage force: buy stock sell options. Option boundary conditions ~ Option boundary conditions (based on arbitrage force): Two portfolios with the same payoff pattern must have the same price.91 2 . 0) Portfolio 1 Portfolio 2 Intuition: c + Ke-rT max (ST.I. K) at maturity S0 ST at maturity Arbitrage: buy a call. lend Ke-rT . r. r=12% then c ≥ 3.5.

5. 0) Intuition: p+S0 max (ST. K=50. long a stock.p =S0 . borrow Ke-rT Example: S0=51.• Lower bound for European puts without dividends: p ≥ Ke-rT – S0 p ≥ max(Ke-rT – S0. K) at maturity Ke-rT K at maturity Arbitrage: buy a put. T=0. r=12% then p ≥ ?? • Put-call parity for European options: c.Ke-rT Intuition: Portfolio 1 = max (ST. K) = Portfolio 3 c + Ke-rT = p+S0 Arbitrage: Buy low value portfolio and sell high value portfolio Example: • Put-call inequality for American options: S0 –K ≤ C– P ≤ S0 – Ke-rT Intuition: S0 –K + P ≤ C P ≤ C– (S0 –K) C≤ S0 – Ke-rT + P C– (S0 – Ke-rT ) ≤ P C + K ≥ S0 + P C + Ke-rT ≤ S0 + P Portfolio 3 Portfolio 4 Arbitrage: Buy low value portfolio and sell high value portfolio Example: 3 .

T.~ Boundary for American call options without dividend: The American call option should not be exercised early if there is no dividend. C ≥ c ≥ S0 – Ke-rT > S0 – K Intuition: American call premium must be greater than the intrinsic value because of time value and insurance from the option. Exercise the American call right now and hold the stock for one month. S0 • ATM has the largest time value. Example: S0=$50 K=$40 Holding period = 1 month A. and volatility affect the shape. ST >K ST < K A KerT + ST-40 KerT B ST ST If stock price is expected to drop. Hold the American call for 1 month and exercise it one month later B. DITM or DOTM has the lowest time value. 4 . investors are better off selling the option than exercising it: Sell the American call at market price: (50-40) + Time value Exercise the option: 50-40 C > S0 – K Call K • r.

The early exercise of a put becomes more attractive if • S drops deeper and deeper • r increases • volatility decreases • P ≥ K – S0 (In comparison with p: p ≥ Ke-rT – S0) Intuition: American put premiums must be no less than its intrinsic value. Put European put American put Ke-rT K A B S0 • American put = intrinsic value (if S is sufficiently low) • Ke-rT – S0 ≤ European put < intrinsic value (if S is sufficiently low) •B>A 5 . Therefore. Example: K=10. European put could be lower than its intrinsic value. they can earn interest on $10.~ Boundary American put options without dividend: The American option may be exercised early anytime before maturity. A put option should be exercised early if it is sufficiently deep in the money. S0=0 Maximum gain is $10. If investors exercise a put early. Sometimes American put is equal to its intrinsic value.

II. • Put-call parity for European options: c + Ke-rT = p+S0 –d • Put-call inequality for American options: S0 –d –K ≤ C– P ≤ S0 – Ke-rT 6 . d is the present value of the dividends during the life of options. and exercise price ~ Effect of dividends (present value of expected future dividends): • Boundary conditions: c ≥ S0 – d – Ke-rT p ≥ d + Ke-rT . • Early exercise for American call options: Sometimes it is optimal to exercise an American call immediately prior to an exdividend date. Effects of dividends.S0 ~ Replace S0 by (S0 – d). market frictions.

b X+(TX. because the payoff of portfolio 2 is no less than that of a put option in all future states.P -TS +TX.C +TS)× erd.C +TS)× erd.C ≤ Sb* Sb* -X.P +TS +TP) ≥ Ca + TC ≥ Ca .Sa*+ TS× erd.P 0 0 -Sa* × t X+TX.C +TS)× erd.P X-TX.C +TS)× erd. a t Sa* × -(X× e-rd.P × X+(TX.C 0 X.C ≤ Sb* 0 Sb*-X . a × t –TX.TX.C 0 0 Sb* × t -(Ca+TC) -(Pa+TP) -Sa0× e-rf.C +TS) X+(TX. b t-Sa* ≥ X .P +TS)× erd. a t) + (TX.TC ≥ Cb . This upper boundary for European put options is written as equation: 7 . b t +TX.C +TS) × -(X× e-rd. the value of portfolio 2 shall be no less than a put. b × t Value of portfolio 2: -(Ca+TP)+ Sb0× e-rf.P +TS)× erd.C -Sa* 0 1: Buy Put 2: Buy Call -(Ca+TC) × t -(Pa+TP) Borrow one unit of Sb0× e-rf.C × + X× e-rd.C +TS)× erd. b × t X+(TX. a × t 0 Sb* –X+(TX.P Cash Flow time=T X-TX.C X . a t-1) ≥ 0 Because the payoff of portfolio 2 is no less than that of a call option in all future states.Sa* . b t × t Sb*. b X× e-rd. b × t .TX.P ≤ Sa*≤ X+TX. b t-Sa* ≥ 0 × Sb*+(TX.C +TS)× erd.P +TS)× erd. the value of portfolio 2 shall be no less than a call. The Boundary Condition for the European Put Option With Market Frictions × Portfolio Cash Flow time=0 Sa*≤ X-TX.Sa* .X× e-rd.Sa*-TX. a foreign currency Lend domestic currency -Sa* +TX. a × t X+TX. This upper boundary for a European call option is specified as equation: (Pa + Sa0× e-rf. b t≥ 0 × Again. bid-ask spread in option and underlying asset markets): The Boundary Condition for the European Call Option With Market Frictions Cash Flow time=0 Portfolio 1: Buy Call 2: Buy Put Lend one unit of foreign currency Borrow domestic t Cash Flow time=T Sa*≤ X-TX. b × t X+(TX.TX. a × × t Sb*–X+(TX.TC.TX.P +TS)× erd.P Sb* –X+(TX. a ≥0 × t Sb*–X+(TX. a ≥ Sb* -X. a × t –TX.~ Effect of market frictions (transaction costs. a × currency Value of portfolio 2 -(Pa+TP) -Sa0× e-rf.P -TS –X+(TX.P +TS)× erd.P ≤ Sa*≤ X+TX.P(erd.TX.

Sb0× e-rf.C +TS)× erd.P +TS)× erd. a × (T-τ) X+TX. a × τ ≥0 +(TX.Sa* .P +TS)× erd. a (T.) ≥ 0 ×τ Because the payoff of portfolio 2 is no less than a put option in all future states. 0< τ ≤ T Sa*≤ X-TX.TC The Boundary Condition for the American Put Option With Market Frictions Portfolio Cash Flow time=0 Sa*≤ X-TX. b Sb*erf. a (T.) –X e-rd.P +TS +TP) ≥ Ca + TC ≥ Ca . the value of portfolio 2 shall be no less than the value of a call.C X .(Ca – Sb0× e-rf.P 0 0 -Sa* e-rf. a (T. a Currency Value of portfolio 2 -(Pa+TP) -Sa0 × +X× e-rd. b × τ -Sa*e-rf. a –X e-rd. b ×τ (X+TX. b + Sb*-X . a (T. b × τ b -(Ca+TC) -(Pa+TP) 0 S e * rf.TC ≥ Cb . b (X+TX.P X-TX.Sa*-TX.C +TS)× erd.P -TS * rf.TX.C ≤ Sb* Sb* -X.C 0 0 S e * rf.TX. a × (T-τ ) –X e-rd. The Boundary Condition for the American Call Option With Market Frictions Cash Flow time=0 Portfolio 1: Buy Call 2: Buy Put Lend one unit of -Sa0 foreign currency Borrow domestic X× e-rd.C × τ -Sa* e-rf. This boundary is: (Pa + Sa0 . a × τ × (T-τ ) +(TX.) ≥ 0 × τ (X+TX.TP.) ≥ X-Sa*-TX.C ≤ Sb* 0 Sb*-X .) –X e-rd. b × τ Value of portfolio 2: -(Ca+TP) . b Sb*erf. b × τ -Sa*e-rf.P S e –TX.P +TS)× erd. b × τ × τ × τ × τ +(TX. a (T.P ≤ Sa*≤ X+TX. a × -(X+TX.C +TS)× erd.C +TS (X+TX. a T –TX.C +TS) × T (X+TX. a ≥ Sb* -X. a × τ × τ X. a +(TX.P +TS)× e ≥ 0 +(TX.C 0 X.C Since the cash flow generated from portfolio 2 is no less than a call option in all future states.Sa*-TX. a +X +TX.P ×τ ×τ (X+TX.P -TS × τ × T Cash Flow time = τ. b × t ) + (TX. a × t + X× e-rd.C +TS)× erd. the value of portfolio 2 shall be no less than the value of a put. b × τ b X+TX.P +TS)× erd.TX. a × τ × τ +(TX. a × T )+ (TX.P Cash Flow time=τ 0<τ≤ T X-TX. b × τ b –X e-rd.P + Sb*erf.TX.TX.c +TS +TC ) ≥ Pa + TP ≥ Pa .C 0 1: Buy Put 2: Buy Call (T-τ) -(Pa+TP) -(Ca+TC) × T Borrow one unit of Sb0× e-rf.P ≤ Sa*≤ X+TX. a foreign currency Lend domestic currency -Sa* e-rf. a × (T-τ) -Sa* e-rf.) rd. a (T.X× e-rd.C +TS)× erd.P +TS)× erd.TP ≥ Pb . This upper boundary for the American put is specified as: 8 . a × τ × (T-τ ) –X e-rd.C +TS)× erd.

TP. (K2-K1)e-rt ≥ p(K2) – p(K1) (K2-K1) ≥ p(K2) – p(K1) 9 .TP ≥ Pb . Example: Switch an option with K=$50 to an option with K=40. ~ Effect of exercise price: if K2 > K1 (K2-K1)e-rt ≥ c(K1) – c(K2) (K2-K1) ≥ c(K1) – c(K2) Intuition: The advantage of buying an option with a lower exercise price over the one with a higher exercise price will not be more than the difference in the exercise prices. the payoff change is $10.c +TS +TC ) ≥ Pa + TP ≥ Pa . a × T + X) + (TX.(Ca – Sb0× e-rf.

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